Simba Metflow

Howdenshire Farmer

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I have made a low disturbance tine drill from a Simba Free Flow using the J J Metcalfe points.
It is a 3m drill. I have used 16 tines over 3 rows. 16 seems a good compromise between clearance and row width.
I got a local fabricator to do the welding to my design.

Before anyone comments, I am aware, thanks to Twitter, that the welding may have weakened the tines. It was not an issue I was aware of until it was too late so it may be an expensive balls up!
Hopefully there is enough spring in the coils to let it work ok.

I just need some ground clearing now to try it out.



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Howdenshire Farmer

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Yes post some pics when working please. So spacing is 9"? I wonder how the tine will go in hard ground. Do you think you could have done it bolting the new point on the tine without welding? Have a 4m here so very interested!
Spacing is 18.75 cm. I am sure they could be bolted or more likely clamped to the tines somehow. The tines need to be shortened though, otherwise they are too long with the points fitted. I just thought welding would be stronger and more elegant.
 

Will 1594

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Spacing is 18.75 cm. I am sure they could be bolted or more likely clamped to the tines somehow. The tines need to be shortened though, otherwise they are too long with the points fitted. I just thought welding would be stronger and more elegant.
I know where there is a tatie box full of those tines all new never used how much are they worth each to you
 

Howdenshire Farmer

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The tines don't break ,when they do break,around the area where you have welded so I would doubt that the heat will have weakened them. But I do think that the tines will fairly flex backwards due to the length of sowing boot that you have attached.
Be interesting to see if they will stand it.
Thanks for the info. I have shortened the tines by about 100mm. With the Coulter attached, they are the same overall length to the tip as with ordinary tines and Free Flow coulters.
My neighbour made some narrow tips himself and welded them to slightly modified FF points with standard FF boots. He drilled spring beans this spring and they worked OK. Admittedly stone free and not dried like concrete but it encouraged me to have a go.
 
I have made a low disturbance tine drill from a Simba Free Flow using the J J Metcalfe points.
It is a 3m drill. I have used 16 tines over 3 rows. 16 seems a good compromise between clearance and row width.
I got a local fabricator to do the welding to my design.

Before anyone comments, I am aware, thanks to Twitter, that the welding may have weakened the tines. It was not an issue I was aware of until it was too late so it may be an expensive balls up!
Hopefully there is enough spring in the coils to let it work ok.

I just need some ground clearing now to try it out.



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You shouldn't have a problem with the welds as the springs are quite strong and meaty and heat usually just affects the temper. The other problem found with welding springs is introducing surface stress and failure paths. If you make any more to help relive stress make unequal welds which finish at different heights and grind out the undercut. Agri linc do the tines at a good price.
 

Howdenshire Farmer

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You shouldn't have a problem with the welds as the springs are quite strong and meaty and heat usually just affects the temper. The other problem found with welding springs is introducing surface stress and failure paths. If you make any more to help relive stress make unequal welds which finish at different heights and grind out the undercut. Agri linc do the tines at a good price.
Thanks for the advice.
 

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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